ARTS 222
Critical Spatial Practice: Design for Alternative Futures Spring 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ENVI 202
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In this course, students will transform an architectural or urban space through temporary interventions that participate in reorienting public perception, imagination, and politics. We will explore selected ideas that have informed design thinking and activism for environmental justice. Students will build on spatial strategies such as spatial hijacking, acupuncture architecture, counter-appropriation, and d├ętournement and visual techniques that unsettle normative understandings of space, time, and architecture. These techniques include montage, counter-cartographies, controversy mapping, graphic novels, storytelling, role-playing, and visual appropriation. The course will offer methods and approaches as a toolkit for critical spatial practice.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3978
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Assignments include weekly discussions and design projects and surveys requiring drawings and model design. Final project: design project to reorient public perception, imagination, and politics. Evaluation will be based on the quality of design at both theoretical/conceptual and technical levels.
Prerequisites: Drawing I or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Studio Art majors, Art History and Studio Art majors, Envi majors and concentrators
Materials/Lab Fee: Costs will vary depending on student project, but should not exceed $200-$350. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 222 Division I ENVI 202 Division I
DPE Notes: This design studio invites students to think critically about how power, equity, and difference are manifested through the built environment. It will equip them with tools to become active agents of change through design activism. We will use design as a cultural practice and creative technique to envision more just and equitable futures through temporary interventions in architectural or urban spaces.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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